Talal Asad

Talal Asad is a Saudi Arabian anthropologist, currently working for the City University of New York Graduate Center. Asad’s studies in religious anthropology have led to many intellectual breakthroughs in the field of secularism. His book Formations of the Secular: Christianity, Islam, Modernity is considered to be one of the critical texts in the study. He is also the author of The Kababish Arabs: Power, Authority, and Consent in a Nomadic Tribe, Genealogies of Religion: Discipline and Reasons of Power in Christianity and Islam, and On Suicide Bombing.